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In 2012, Women Tell it “Like it Is!” by G. Denise Dupree

G. Denise Dupree

G. Denise Dupree

51% of the United States is made up of sisters, wives, mothers, aunties, nieces, and daughters yet women are misrepresented in many aspects of life such as elected officials, business owners, CEOs and medical professionals. Women obtain college degrees at higher rates than men yet only make up 5% of executive level positions in the United States.

Women have made great strides in asking for equal rights and when denied great strides are made to take what is deserved.

Growing up in a 2 parent household my father was always the bread winner although my mother had more education and as a child. This always seemed backwards to me, however, it wasn’t until I was older that I realized my mother was really the boss because she managed to maintain a full time career, discipline all 3 of her children and put dinner on the table by 6 pm. Now tell me again why she shouldn’t be an executive?… I think she could handle it!

Dem-voicesThe 2012 election proved that women were not to be 2nd class citizens as the Republican Party advocated to permanently enshrine their second class citizenship into legislation.  Issues were brought up that had long been settled by Congress and the Supreme Court such as equal pay and reproductive choice.

If the Republican Party really cared about the well-being of women, then I think a better law would be to sterilize men making a working class income however demonstrating a pattern of behavior relative to deadbeat fathers. The catch is, only women can write the bill! I mean it’s only fair.

Why was this all of a sudden an issue and why was a male dominated forum making decisions regarding a woman’s body?  That’s like my OBGYN balancing the federal budget. I couldn’t believe that my vagina was a voting issue in the election of 2012 almost 100 years after women demanded the right to vote people are mad that woman had the audacity to bring up equal pay and access to affordable healthcare and birth control.  You’re damn Skippy darling!

I’m not going through years and years of college and working entry level positions in my career for men to mandate I make 75 cents to every dollar a man makes or that I shouldn’t have access to healthcare.  Well women had a lot to say about that on November 6th when President Obama was re-elected along with a record number of Democratic CongressWOMEN.

So just remember that the next time politics gets in the way of women, we have a way of shutting that whole thing down.


 G. Denise Dupree is a Senior, Political Science student at Louisiana State University. As a longtime member of Democratic Women of Greater Baton Rouge, Denise has been an outstanding pro-activist in her community. To contact Denise, send an email to

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Originally published: Nov 26, 2012

Jindal Punishes Louisiana Businesses and Families with ACA Obstructionism

Governor Bobby Jindal has emerged as the Republicans’ lead obstructionist to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. He has refused the participate in the formation of a health insurance exchange to serve Louisiana residents, families and businesses. He has declared that he will not allow Louisiana to participate in the expansion of Medicaid made possible through the Act, thus denying health care coverage to hundreds of thousands of Louisiana citizens.

New-LDP-Logo-291x300Governor Jindal will appear with Governor Howard Dean on NBC News’ Meet the Press on Sunday, July 1.

“It is clear that the Governor has chosen political grandstanding over the well-being of the Louisiana people,” said LDP Chairwoman Karen Carter Peterson. “He has chosen to punish Louisiana citizens, families, businesses and health care providers in a brazen attempt to bolster his national political ambition.

“Governor Jindal’s politically motivated obstructionism on ACA reduces Louisiana businesses, citizens, families and health care providers to second class citizenship by denying them access to the full benefits of the law, which the Supreme Court upheld this week,” Carter Peterson said. 

By refusing to participate in the formation of the Louisiana Health Insurance Exchange, Governor Jindal has forfeited the state’s rightful role to help tailor the exchange to work best for Louisiana businesses and working families. A well-operating exchange would introduce transparency and better pricing to the Louisiana health insurance market. The state also forfeits its opportunity to define the kinds of health plans that can be offered in Louisiana due to Jindal’s obstructionism.

The Governor’s politically motivated grandstanding on the health insurance exchange punishes Louisianans while boosting his national prospects.

By refusing to allow Louisiana to participate in the expansion of the Medicaid program, the Governor is denying health insurance coverage to at least 360,000 working Louisiana residents who cannot afford health insurance. Again, he has done this in order to raise his national profile.

Governor Jindal is punishing more than 360,000 working Louisiana residents in order to advance his political ambition.

The Affordable Care Act is Good for What Ails Louisiana

Louisiana has consistently ranked among the states with the worst health care outcomes in the country, primarily because we are a low-income state with high levels of poverty and a large percentage of working age adults without health insurance.

The Affordable Care Actresponds to Louisiana’s needs in a number of ways. It is already improving the lives of Louisiana residents. Here are some facts about how Louisiana residents have already benefited from the Act:

  • More than 53,000 young adults in our state between the ages of 18 and 26 gained coverage as a result of being able to remain on their parents’ insurance plans.
  • 275,000 Louisiana women now have access to free preventive services, including mammograms, bone density scans and cervical cancer screenings.
  • Seniors in Louisiana have saved more than $53.8 million on prescription drug coverage.
  • More than 60,000 small businesses in Louisiana are eligible for tax credits to make health coverage for their employees more affordable.
  • About 360,000 working adults in Louisiana will be covered by the expansion of Medicaid, reducing emergency room use and eliminating the uncompensated care that is draining resources from our hospitals, doctors and other providers.
  • The national deficit will be reduced by over $1 trillion over 20 years, according to a nonpartisan analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.

Governor Jindal’s politically motivated obstructionism will deny Louisiana families and businesses the full benefits of the Act that citizens in other states will derive.

Email Meet the Press host David Gregory, calling on him to ask Governor Jindal directly: “Why do you insist on relegating the people of his state to second class citizens status through your refusal to participate in key elements of this law?”

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Originally published: June 30, 2012

Huge Win for Louisiana Working Families, Small Businesses, Health Care Community! Supreme Court Upholds ACA!

The United States Supreme Court decision today to uphold the Affordable Care Act is a huge victory for Louisiana working families, small businesses and the health care provider community.

This law, which was passed by Democrats in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, addresses the national crisis of the collapse of the employment-based health insurance system in this country. Driven by growing numbers of companies and workers who could no longer afford the cost of health insurance coverage, health care in the United States was on the verge of becoming accessible only to the wealthiest people in this country.

Now, the Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land.

We call on Governor Bobby Jindal to put an end to his obstructionist grandstanding. We call on the Governor issue an immediate call for a Special Session of the Legislature to take the steps necessary to enable the state of Louisiana to participate in the formation of the Health Insurance Exchange that will bring transparency and clarity to the health insurance market, and enable them to lower their cost of coverage through pooling of resources and experience with other small businesses.

We also call on the Governor to commit Louisiana to participate in the expansion of Medicaid included in the Act which will bring coverage to more than 100,000 working Louisiana adults. Participation is a no brainer on this issue as the federal government will pay 100% of the cost of bringing new enrollees into the program.

In the 2008 election cycle, a national consensus emerged that market-based solutions were needed to preserve the American approach to accessing care. In the midst of a financial and economic crisis that threatened the country, President Obama and congressional Democrats fought fierce opposition to enact the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, with no help from Republicans. The extreme partisanship that drove Republicans to oppose these market-based reforms that they had once championed, provided a preview of the perverse politics of the past three years in which Republicans opposed any and every major initiative the President and Democrats supported.

The Supreme Court upheld all parts of the law against a broad set of legal challenges. The individual mandate has been upheld. The severability issue is moot because the mandate was upheld. The expansion of Medicaid was upheld, although states cannot be punished if they do not participate.

This is a tremendous victory for President Obama and congressional Democrats, but it is an even bigger for the people of Louisiana.

The Affordable Care Act was written for what ails Louisiana! We are a state with one of the highest percentages of working age adults without health insurance coverage. The law will enable more than half of the 700,000 or so Louisianans between the ages of 19 and 64 to obtain health coverage.

Louisiana residents endure high rates of chronic disease. The Affordable Care Act makes regular health screenings and preventative care part of every health insurance coverage package. Louisiana businesses will also benefit from the Act because work absences due to chronic disease rob workers and companies of productivity every year.

Louisiana residents with pre-existing conditions will now be able to get affordable coverage no matter where they work, or if they change jobs.

Louisiana seniors on Medicare will benefit from the closing of the prescription drug donut hole that has become a financial burden for tens of thousands of them.

Children of parents with health insurance coverage can remain on their parents’ policy until the age of 26.

Louisiana small businesses will continue to be eligible for expanded tax credits if they provide health insurance coverage to their employees. This is a huge issue in Louisiana where so many people work for companies that employ fewer than 25 people. Only about 30% of Louisiana small businesses currently offer health insurance coverage to the people who work for them.

Louisiana’s health care provider community, particularly community hospitals, are huge winners under this law as large numbers of patients who have no means to pay for the care they need will now have coverage. This will help bring financial stability to hospitals across the state.

This is a great day for Louisiana!

The Affordable Care Act proves once again that Democrats are more attuned to the interests of small businesses. We defer to St. Francisville business woman Susan Davis to make that case.

Louisiana Owner Says Democrats Are Helping Small Business with ACA
Louisiana Owner Says Democrats Are Helping Small Business with ACA
Susan Davis: Health Insurance Exchange Will Bring Transparency
Susan Davis: Health Insurance Exchange Will Bring Transparency

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Originally published: June 28, 2012